Today the Lords will debate this private members bill. There is as yet no date or opportunity for this to be debated in the Commons. The Bill will only come to us for debate and decision should it pass all stages in the Lords, which is likely to be difficult given the strong forces against it.
I would be interested in constituents’ views on this issue. I have not made up my mind. Should the Bill reach the Commons then I will come to a conclusion in the light of constituency opinion and my own thoughts on the content of the amended Bill. I will of course be weighing the good it could do for those in pain and terminal distress who want to end their lives, against the danger of vulnerable people being talked into early death for the wrong reasons. I will also be interested in medical opinion on whether doctors will wish to assist with this proposed legislation if passed, and how easy it is to be sure someone is going to die soon anyway.